Parents and teachers reacted Monday strongly to allegations that a math teacher at West Career and Technical Academy was arrested for inappropriate conduct with a student.
Renee Rine, 36, is facing five charges related to inappropriate contact with a male 17-year-old student, according to Clark County Detention Center records. She is accused of attempted kidnapping, lewdness with a minor, child abuse, sexual misconduct and unlawful contact with a minor with mental illness.
According to court records, she was arrested Friday following school, but many parents and students only learned of her arrest on Monday.
“I rather not know about stuff like this and just learn about more stuff in school rather than hear sexual harassment stuff like that,” said Virtus Taccad, student.
“I’m just shocked because this school is actually a good school, I heard,” Niakan Ashabi, a parent, said.
The incidents started during the 2015-2016 school year, according to CCSD Police Capt. Ken Young. Rine was charged with attempted kidnapping for trying to lure the 17-year-old to a hotel.
Rine was arrested after students reported seeing sexually explicit photos and texts on the student’s cell phone, Young said.
Rine was booked into the Clark County Detention Center. Her employment status with the district will be considered as “assigned to home,” once she is released from incarceration and pending the outcome of the criminal case.
According to one parent, this latest arrest, along with national headlines concerning abuse against minors should be a wake-up call for everyone.
“Look at the government, doctors; I think these kind of predators are everywhere, and now as a society, we are paying attention to what we ignored before,” said Af Shin, parent.
Shin says every parent needs to encourage their children to talk about these things.
“We can’t put our kids in the box and protect them,” Shin said. “We should talk about it be open about it. Always there’s a bad apple in the box, and once we remove that, I think we talk about it, explore it, and awareness is the key.”
Rine is expected in court Tuesday. She was hired by the district in Aug. 2015.
As for CCSD, they are providing a regulation policy training to protect students and employees.